Racing continued today on the Elizabeth River out of the Old Dominion Sailing Center in the second day of the Sperry Women’s Semifinals. Thirty-six collegiate sailing teams from across the nation qualified to compete in these Semifinals to determine the top 18 teams who will advance to the Finals, which begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. The 36 teams are divided into two fleets of 18 teams, Western and Eastern Semifinal groups, the top nine from each fleet will make up the 18 teams who compete in the final championship.
Today the Eastern and Western fleets sailed in FJs and Z420s on windward leeward courses with four legs. B-division completed six races today and A-division completed 4 for a total of 12 races for the regatta in both divisions and fleets.
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s (ICSA) three spring national championships, Sperry College Sailing Women’s National Semifinal and Final Championships, LaserPerformance College Sailing Team Race National Championship, and the Gill College Sailing National Semifinal and Final Championships commence in one week on Tuesday, May 22. The Women’s event will last for four days immediately followed by the Team Race championship on May 26, lasting for three days and the Coed championship on May 29, lasting for four days.
The three events will be hosted by Old Dominion University at the ODU Sailing Center in Norfolk, Va. These championships are the culmination of two seasons of intense competition and include the top schools from across the nation vying for the championship titles. Immediately following the racing for each of the regattas there will be a trophy ceremony honoring the top finishers.
#3 Boston College won the US Coast Guard Alumni Bowl/ NEISA Coed Championship last weekend, hosted by Brown University, defeating the field in New England by an 18 point margit. 11 of the 18 teams featured are currently ranked in the top 20 which made for a showdown as the top 8 finishers move on to Gill College Sailing National Coed Semi-Final Regatta held May 29-30 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
#7 Hobart and William Smith College won the MAISA Women's Championship narrowly over #9 Georgetown University, 88 to 89 points, after 11 races in each division. The Herons of HWS sailed the 22 total race regatta well, collectively, winning B-DIvision with 47 points and finishing second in A-Division with 41 points, a combination typically good enough to win any regatta, let alone a conference championship.
Despite a strong start to the regatta, the Herons fell behind Georgetown in the middle of the event. Both HWS divisions were extremely strong, however, five of the six races scored outside the top-5 for the team, occured between race 3A and race 6B. During this stretch, Georgetown pulled ahead. HWS rebounded and notched 7 races inside the top-4 over the final 8 races of the event to win.
|5/26-28||LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship||ODU|
|5/29-1||Gill Coed National Championship||ODU|
|9/15-16||Sloop Championship||Detroit YC|
|9/15-16||Steufert Team Race||UMN|
|10/6-7||MCSA Match Race Qualifiers||Sheboygan|
|10/6-7||U of I||ILL|
|10/6-7||Morton Schapiro PhD Trophy||NWU|
|10/13-14||MCSA Singlehanded Qualifiers||WIS|
|5/22-25||Sperry Women’s National Championship||ODU|
|4/28-29||MCSA Coed Qualifiers||WISCO|
|4/21-22||MCSA Team Race Qualifiers||WISCO|
|4/7-8||Big 10 Team Race||MICH|
|3/31-1||Oxford Team Race||MUO|
|3/24-25||1st Year Ice Breaker||ND|
|1/6-7||Rose Bowl Regatta||USC|
|12/30-31||Sugar Bowl Women’s||Southern YC/Tulane|